College of Liberal Arts

Health Meets Humanities in Pop-Up Institute

Fri, Apr 13, 2018
The Health and Humanities Pop-Up Institute will feature four distinguished lecturers in the fields of medicine, psychology and sociology.
The Health and Humanities Pop-Up Institute will feature four distinguished lecturers in the fields of medicine, psychology and sociology.

Coming in May, the Health and Humanities Pop-Up Institute (PUI) will convene scholars affiliated with the Humanities Institute and the Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin to explore the impact of humanistic approaches to medicine for patients, healthcare professionals, and the public.

“We are excited to bring together faculty and researchers from nine schools and colleges in the humanities and health fields to explore the many productive ways in which health care and the humanities intersect. We also look forward to sharing perspectives on these issues through public lectures and our closing symposium,” said Pauline Strong, director of the Humanities Institute.

The PUI will focus on three fields of inquiry: narrative medicine, humanistic approaches to health equity and justice, and community practice.  Four distinguished lecturers in the fields of medicine, psychology, and sociology will address these areas. 

May 9, Dr. Vanessa Grubbs, associate professor of medicine in the division of nephrology at the University of California, San Francisco, will present the first lecture, “Are We Still Worlds Apart?: Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Kidneys Transplantation.”

May 16, Pennebaker, UT Austin psychology professor, will speak on “Expressive Writing and Health: How Putting Upheavals into Words Can Affect Our Thoughts, Feelings, and Behaviors.”

May 21, Dr. Annie Brewster, a physician and the founder and executive director of Health Story Collaborative in Cambridge, Massachusetts, will lecture on “Putting Stories to Work: Why and How Sharing Stories Promotes Health.”

And on May 30, a final public symposium will be held, featuring a keynote address by Dr. Jonathan Metzl, director of the Center for Medicine, Health, and Society, at Vanderbilt University. His keynote lecture will concern "Structural Competency, Five Years On: Tracking a New Medical Approach to Stigma and Inequality."

All lectures are free and open to the public. For more information regarding the Health and Humanities PUI times, locations, and parking, visit the following site: https://liberalarts.utexas.edu/humanitiesinstitute/research-initiatives/medical-humanities/health-and-humanities-pop-up-institute.php

The Health and Humanities PUI is a collaboration between the Office of the Vice President of Research and the Humanities Institute at UT Austin, with additional support from the College of Liberal Arts, the Department of English and the Dell Medical School. 

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